"I have an enormous privilege in my role, as I get to guide Educators whilst watching children grow, learn and discover."
Every day is an opportunity for discovery and growth at Guardian Childcare & Early Learning Mentone. With a range of exciting, resource-rich environments – including a recently refurbished outdoor space – children are encouraged to explore and learn.
The light-filled and spacious centre also has a creek bed, a water pump, a climbing forte, vegetable gardens, a pet rabbit, and a range of age-specific ateliers.
We are proud to have a culturally diverse team and celebrate a variety of cultures and holidays throughout the year. Our community-minded Educators also take the kinder children on regular excursions out into the community.
Our on-site cook prepares five nutritionally balanced meals using seasonal ingredients every day. The children and Educators often collect vegetables from the gardens to add to the daily meals and use in cooking classes – if our pet rabbit doesn’t eat them all first.
Begin the adventure at Guardian today by booking a tour to explore the centre, chat with our team of Educators and learn more about our high-quality curriculum.Read More
With endless possibilities, there’s never a dull moment at Guardian and no two days are the same. Here’s what a day at Guardian might look like. Please note, this will vary depending on centre opening hours.
Handover time with children, families and our friendly Educators. There's a chance for conversation to share what's important for the day/what's happened the night before at home.
Breakfast time where families are welcome to stay and enjoy breakfast with the children.
As children are arriving and families are coming and going, there's an opportunity for play as well as family grouping, open-plan play and multi-age grouping.
As the children come together, planned experiences begin. This is where the Guardian programs and practices come to life. Examples of learning include numeracy, literacy, language, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, social skills, technology, science, creative arts, curiosity and more.
There's an opportunity for children to come together and enjoy morning tea.
Following morning tea, the planned experiences continue. This includes both indoor and outdoor programs.
There's an opportunity for children to come together for lunch. With an open-door policy, families are able to join the centre for meals and excursion if they wish.
For children who want to, or need to, there's an opportunity to sleep, rest or relax. For children who don't need to rest, there are planned experiences, which are more likely to be outdoors.
Children come together for afternoon tea in small groups or with siblings (they can also rest and play together, too). This time also presents an opportunity to reflect on the day.
End of the day
As families arrive to pick up children, there's an opportunity to speak to Educators and share information about the day.
End of the day
Some centres offer early tea or light snack at the end of the day, which they can grab as they leave the centre. We’re mindful of how routines vary at home, so if throughout the day, we notice children look tired, food will be provided.
Open 7:00am to 6:30pm
Monday to Friday
|Age Group||Daily Fee|
|6 Weeks to 6 Years||$140.00*|
*Price before the government rebate. To calculate what Child Care Subsidy you might get back, click here.
Our team of Educators are committed and passionate about ensuring your child will be safe, nurtured and cared for every day. At Guardian, children are encouraged to engage in interest-led play that creates learning and meaningful experiences.
Our Educators seek to optimise diverse learning opportunities and implement the Curriculum as framed by the Early Years Learning Framework.
All Guardian Centres provide a Centre-to-Family communication platform so families can maintain contact with their children’s experiences through photos, stories and learning outcomes.
Our Centres use Storypark and each family is provided with a secure login to access on their computers, mobiles or apps.
Discover a clean, warm and welcoming family environment at Guardian Early Learning Centre Mentone. Our open-plan outdoor space features a climbing wall, five sandpits, a creek bed and undulating hills. It is ideal for babies to safely crawl and explore, toddlers to experiment with their emerging independence, and older children to run, jump and tumble to their hearts content.
The children love learning about environmental sustainability, and are taught how to plant in the garden and tend to our worm farms. We also grow and pick our own vegetables, which are turned into nutritious meals by our talented and popular chef.
The children look forward to guest visits from the local librarian, dentist and emergency services, but they particularly love special wildlife sessions where they can learn all about marine animals, farm animals and creepy crawlies! Families are always welcome to share their talents or professions with the children too.
As a new family at our early learning centre, tours of our premises and phone updates during those early days will ensure you have peace of mind that your child is in safe, loving and capable hands.
From orientation through to their last day with us, you can be assured of clear and open communication as we become trusted partners in your child’s learning journey.
We love hearing children tell their families all about their favourite experiences, the educators that helped them, and the interesting things they learned that day. Seeing them recount their day with energy, pride and enthusiasm is what we aim to achieve.
“Thanks again for the settling in sessions this week. I’m so incredibly happy with our decision to come to you, the centre feels so much like what we are at home – relaxed and calm, friendly and caring.”
To explore the centre, chat with our team of Educators and learn more about our high-quality curriculum, book a tour now.
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Running for approximately 30 minutes, touring a centre is a great way to explore the exciting environments, chat to our Educators and see our high-quality curriculum come to life. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
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“It’s not easy to leave your child in the care of someone else, however, from day one I can comfortably say that your staff have always provided the best care for both my children. I always see all the great things they do with the children but most importantly they are always there to comfort the children and take such great care of them.”
– Ivana Dusenjko, Mickleham Road, Vic
"The transition into childcare was made easy by the supportive and compassionate staff. Daily communication (both email and verbal) kept me up to date with my daughter's progress socially, emotionally and intellectually. The 'child centred' approach is amazing; for my child to make connections to her own world and experiences. She loves going.”
– Sarah Collingwood, Jacaranda – Sunnybank, Qld
"“The team are passionate about being early childhood Educators. The environment is filled with many indoor and outdoor activities allowing a child-led development by following their natural interests (inspired by Reggio Emilia). A philosophy we follow in our home. My four-year-old daughter’s language and social skills have improved greatly.””
– Angela K, Lane Cove, NSW
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